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Aziza, 'Modern' Israeli Eatery from Bellina Alimentari Owner, To Open in June

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Aziza, 'Modern' Israeli Eatery from Bellina Alimentari Owner, To Open in June

Westside Provisions District restaurant will include outdoor falafel stand, Falafel Nation.

Oliva Restaurants in late-June will open Aziza on the westside.

The "modern" Isreali restaurant is housed in a 3,938-square-foot Westside Provisions District space designed by Smith Hanes.

Aziza, which means "happiness" in Arabic, is the second restaurant from Owner Tal Postelnik Baum.

Baum's first, Bellina Alimentari, is in Ponce City Market.

“...We plan to fully celebrate Israeli food and culture in a fun and welcoming atmosphere,” Baum said in a press release Tuesday.

“I wanted to create a space that highlights the dishes that I grew up with and those that many may not necessarily be familiar with. Diners will experience exciting, complex yet ethnic flavors and leave feeling as if they’ve just been welcomed into someone’s home in Israel.”

Aziza will feature a menu designed around the Israeli tradition of "sharing and bring together patrons for a meal that utilizes all of their senses."

Brandon Hughes will serve as executive chef.

“I have truly enjoyed working with authentic Italian cuisine at Bellina Alimentari and I am thrilled to add on this new challenge at Aziza," Hughes said.

"It is a completely unique concept with nothing quite like it in the city. Discovering Israeli culture has been an inspiring journey that I am excited to share with our guests at Aziza. The menu will be a reflection of me as a chef while paying homage to Tal's upbringing.”

Aziza's design is focused around an open kitchen with a wood-burning oven.

There will be outdoor seating and a neighboring falafel stand, Falafel Nation, with to-go items including hummus bowls, falafel, pitas, and other vegetarian street food.

Baum plans to continue her expansion in Atlanta with the opening of a third restaurant, Rina, this fall.

The Israeli street food concept will open along the Eastside BeltLine trail in the Ford Factory Lofts, across from Ponce City Market.

Aziza Restaurant West Midtown Atlanta
Photo: Visual Soldiers
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Caleb Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Atlanta (WNA). He was featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA has been named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing, and Atlanta and Jezebel Magazines.

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